Sustaining with Atrocities

Tolerance Unit
Feb. 10. 2014

The bones of the people who died in the death camps. [1]

Can you build up hope with death? Anne Frank once said, "In spite of everything, I still believe people are really good at heart. I simply can't build up my hope on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery and death." All the Jews had hope, but they couldn't build it up with 'Terrible Things.

'To begin with, "Terrible Things" displays a similar message to Anne Frank's thoughts. In "Terrible Things" by Eve Bunting, the animals hoped they wouldn't be taken away, but they were all taken away eventually. Before the animals were taken away, everyone was good and peaceful. After the first group was taken, all the animals hoped the Terrible Things wouldn't come back, but the Terrible Things came back until everyone was gone. The animals had to build their hope off of confusion, which is hard to do. Little Rabbit hoped someone would listen about the Terrible Things, "He hoped someone would listen.

"In addition, "Life is Beautiful" filmed by Robert Benigni gives us something else to hope for during the holocaust. Guido gave his son, Joshua, hope. It wasn't hope to sustain, it was hope for a tank. Guido came up with a game and was always optimistic for his son. Even though Guido didn't know what the nazis were planning, for example, Guido told his son to take a shower. When people took a "shower" in nazi camps, they got gassed. The son refused and continued to play his "game" and eventually "won a tank" after hiding from the nazis. This adds a point of view from someone who knows hoping for life be sustained with death.

Not to mention, "One Survivor Remembers, filmed by Kary Antholis provided a point of view from someone who experienced the nazi camps. Gerda Weissmann Klein lived in a nazi camp, with not much to hope for. Gerda's family did things for Gerda without knowing what could happen. For example, Gerda's father told Gersa to wear boots, which provided Gerda protection from the cold during death marches. All around. Gerda was misery, and, death, and it made her lose hope. Gerda focused on the small things, that helped her through the hard times in life. The terrible things Gerda experienced was a lot to handle, hope was scarce, but Gerda had lots to hope for, from her family and from her friends.

All the Jews had hope, but it couldn't be built up with atrocities. Like the Jews, have hope and don't let another lose it. Can you build hope off of bad actions? Step in, and make living worthwhile.

Terrible Things, by Eve Bunting. An allegory of the holocaust.[2]
Guido telling his son to hide in the box because everyone is looking for him.[3]
Gerda Klein's family members. With her dad (R), mom (Mid.) and brother (L).[4]

[1] "Russia helps U.S. with data on Nazi death camps." RIA Novosti. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Feb. 2014. <>.

[2]"Never Forget: Holocaust Resources." : Terrible Things: An Allegory of the Holocaust. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Feb. 2014. <>.

[3] "At The Back: Life is Beautiful." At The Back: Life is Beautiful. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Feb. 2014. <>.

[4]"Gerda Weissmann Klein." , The Forum, Activites, Involvement and Leadership. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Feb. 2014. <>.

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